2021 JENerations Jazz Festival

Online via Zoom Meeting Room

The JENerations Jazz Festival runs concurrently with the Annual JEN Conference. Our pilot program began in 2012 and with each passing year we have added space for MORE ensembles to participate, with a total of 3 venues. More than 800 elementary, middle, junior high, high school, community and college musicians of all ages participate in this exciting weekend of jazz each year!

We invite YOU to add your ensemble name to this ever-growing list! Join us in this enriching event where world-class education is delivered in a totally non-competitive, nurturing environment to your students!

Photo by Rene Huemer

2021 JENerations Jazz Festival


Online via Zoom Meeting Room | Applications Open


JEN Chapters
(Collegiate, School, & Community)


JEN Full Individual Members

First come – First served

(Until all available slots are filled.)

 Photo by Rene Huemer

In addition to having access to all the incredible clinics and concerts associated with the JEN Conference, JENerations Jazz Festival participating combos, big bands, and vocal jazz ensembles will perform for thirty minutes and immediately following the performance, receive a 30-minute clinic session with world-class clinicians featuring many of today’s biggest names in jazz! The clinician roster since inception has included the following individuals among many others:

Ruben Alvarez  •  Jay Ashby •  Steve Bailey  •  Jennifer Barnes  •  Wayne Bergeron  •  Don Braden  •  Ndugu Chancler  •  Caleb Chapman  •  John Clayton  •  Jeff Coffin  •  John Fedchock  •  Lou Fischer  •  Gordon Goodwin  •  Dan Haerle  •  Steve Houghton  •  Christian Howes  •  Javon Jackson  •  Dave Liebman  •  Connaitre Miller  •  Bob Mintzer  •  Michael Mossman  • Kevin Nash  •  Kim Nazarian  •  Bobby Shew  •  Bob Sinicrope  •  Ray Smith  •  Ed Soph  •  Michelle Weir  •  Jim Widner  •  Matt Wilson  •  Greg Yasinitsky  •  Victor Wooten  •  and many more

This is an incredible opportunity for schools throughout the world to celebrate America’s true art form, rub shoulders with today’s hottest jazz talent in attendance at the conference, and have an educational experience they will never forget.

Reserve your spot today!

Application Guidelines

  • First-Come First-Served.
  • Ensembles will not be accepted that include an abundance of duplicate members.
  • Membership in JEN (as an Individual or Chapter organizer, Institution or Corporate) is required of the ensemble Director to submit an application to participate.
  • You may apply for more than one group.
  • Presenting a clinic or performing does not prohibit you or your ensemble(s) from applying to participate in the JENerations Jazz Festival.
  • Having performed last year does NOT prohibit you or your ensemble(s) from participating again.

APPLICATION TYPES may include any style of music, including:

  • Traditional
  • Swing
  • BeBop
  • HardBop
  • Cool
  • Fusion
  • ECM
  • Neo-Bob
  • Free
  • Latin-Jazz
  • Rock
  • Funk
  • World Music
  • and more!
  • NOTE: You must be logged in as a Full JEN Individual Member, Chapter Member, Institution or Corporate Partner Member to apply to participate at the Annual JENerations Jazz Festival at the Conference. If you are an eJEN member and wish to upgrade to a Full Individual membership status, email Jesse Nolan, Membership Manager ([email protected]) or, call 312-781-6299 for assistance. 
  • Complete the application to participate.
  • You will be asked for the following information:
    • Contact Information from the person completing the application
    • Director’s information if you are a Representative completing the application for another person
    • Ensemble Information
    • An Ensemble Photo is requested but not a mandatory upload
    • Acknowledgement that membership as the Director will remain current at the time of the Conference
    • Acceptance of Terms – Permission to use name and likeness in promotion of the event and for future conference and JEN events
    • Release of JEN Liability to participate in the conference
  • You will receive a Confirmation Screen which indicates you are Registered as a JJF Applicant.
  • ONCE ACCEPTED, You will be advised by the JJF Coordinator when to make payment for the appropriate fee(s) at a later date.
    • ​JEN accepts payment by credit card, a check, or School Purchase Order
    • Checks OR Purchase Order should be sent to: Jazz Education Network, JENerations Jazz Festival, Sharon Burch
      Phone: 1-312-781-6299
      Email: [email protected]
    • Post Mail:

Jazz Education Network
1440 W. Taylor St #1135
Chicago IL 60607

  • A follow-up email from The Jazz Education Network confirming receipt of your Application will be sent to the email address you used to register for participation. It may go to your SPAM folder. Do check there. If you did not receive a Confirmation Email, contact JEN.

Application Information

Completing the JENerations Jazz Festival Application Form is a requirement in order to be accepted to participate in the JENerations Jazz Festival at the Annual JEN Conference. Please be advised materials will not be accepted in any other form and/or after the deadline has passed.

All information requested must be included at the time of your application submission in order for the application to be processed within the JEN system.

  • Participants are accepted on a first-come first-served basis.
  • FULL JEN Individual Membership is required to submit an application.
  • eJEN Members are not eligible to submit applications.
  • The Director’s Membership is required to be current to perform at the conference.
  • Open to school/community ensembles of all age groups.
  • Multiple groups from the same school/organization are permitted (separate application for each ensemble required).
  • Audio submissions are not required.


February 1st: Applications open for JEN Chapters only

March 1st: Applications open for all JEN Individual Members

  • Applications will be reviewed and accepted as received until all slots are filled.
  • Applicants will be notified Officially of acceptance by email from the Conference or JJF Coordinator.
  • An Application must be completed and the Ensemble Fee must be paid in order for JEN to hold your slot.
  • Click below to pay the appropriate Ensemble Fee AFTER completing your application. This is necessary to hold your spot in the JJF lineup.
  • Application Fees can be paid using a:
    • Credit Card
    • Check
    • School Purchase Order

November 1st-15th: A link to the JEN Registration Badge Portal will be provided to the director.

  • Anyone attending the conference is required to have a registration badge to move freely about the conference.
  • As established by the Board of Director’s, the ensemble director will receive a complimentary registration badge to attend the entire online JEN Conference as noted above.

December 1st: Names of Individual/Student participants due.

December 1st: Information related to Conference check in (if applicable) will be sent to you via email and/or posted on this page.  Please refer to this page often for updates to most of your questions.


Past Participants

JJF Past Participants

Alabama State University
American Music Program
Arlington High School Jazz Band
Atherton HS Jazz Band
Austin Academy Jazz Ensemble I
Bellevue College Vocal Jazz Ensemble ‘Celebration’
Bemidji State University’s Blue Ice
Big D Jazz Ensemble I
Blackhawk Middle School Jazz Ensemble
Booker T. Washington HSPVA Jazz Singers
Bowling Green State University (OH) Jazz Singers
Brookhaven College Jazz Harp Ensemble
Brown School Jazz Combo
CAFCA Music Ensemble
Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse Crescent Super Band
Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse Little Big Band
Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse Time Check Jazz Orchestra
Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse Ooh La La
Capital University Big Band
Capital University conFUSION BAND
Capital University Jazz Consort
Capital University Jazz Percussion Ensemble
Capital University Savoy Ensemble
Capital University Vanguard Ensemble
Carroll Senior High School Jazz Orchestra
Cedar Hill High School Longhorn Steel Band
Celina High School Jazz Band
Chicago High School for the Arts (Chiarts) Honors Jazz Combo
Conkright Middle School Jazz Band
Crescent Octet
Christopher Newton University Jazz Combo
Dallas Jazz Harp Ensemble
Denton High School Lab Band 1
Denton High School 2
Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Vocal
Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Band 1
Emerging Artists Project
Emory University Saxophone Quartet
Folsom High School Combo
Folsom High School Jazz Band I
Folsom High School Jazz Band II
Folsom High School Jazz Choir I
Friends University Jazz Ensemble I
Friends University Jazz Vocal Ensemble
Georgetown Day High School Jazz and Creative Music Ensemble
Georgetown Day High School Arty Saul & his Orchestra
Georgetown Day High School XD4
Georgetown Day High School Tenleytown Ramblers
Georgia Tech Jazz Ensemble I
Girls Ellington Project
Green Valley HS Jazz I
Green Valley High School Jazz II
Green Valley High School Jazz Combo
Grissom High School ‘A’ Jazz Ensemble
Grissom High School ‘B’ Jazz Ensemble
Harry D. Jacobs High School Superscript 7 Vocal Jazz Ensemble
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Jazz Combo I
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Jazz Combo II
Hillfield Strathalian College Senior Jazz
HKIED Jazz Ensemble
Hoover Jam from Hoover High School
Hot House Screaming Kicks
Humber BSG Trio
Indiana University Jazz Ensemble
Indiana University Vocal Jazz Ensemble I
Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Combo
Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Ensemble
Kansas City Kansas Community College The Standard Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Kirkwood Community College Jazz Transit
Lindenwood University Jazz Band
Lone Peak High School Advanced Big Band
Lone Peak High School Big Band II
Long Beach City College jazz Ensemble
Long Beach City College Lyrical Workers
Los Angeles Harbor College Jazz Combo
Madison Southern High School Jazz Ensemble
Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO) Sponsored by the University of Nebraska Omaha
Milton Academy Jazz Combo I
Milton Academy Jazz Combo II
Milton Academy Jazz Combo III
Minnesota State University The Snaps
Missouri Southern State University Jazz Orchestra
Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo
Morehead State University Big Band
Morehead State University Jazz Combo
National Jazz Workshop All-Star Jazz Orchestra
North Carolina Central University VOCAL Jazz Ensemble
NCTC Jazz Orchestra
Northview Titan Strings
Oklahoma Christian University Jazz Ensemble
Oklahoma Christian University Jazz Combo
Oklahoma City Community College Jazz Ensemble
Overland Park Blue Valley Southwest High School Trebleaires
Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO) Jazz Combo I
Rock Bridge High School Impressions Combo
Rock Bridge High School Jazz Ensemble
Rock Bridge High School Stolen Moments Combo
Roosevelt High School Vocal Jazz
Roosevelt University Large Jazz Ensemble
Roosevelt University Puentes LatinJazz Ensemble
Salinas High School Vocal Jazz
San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts Ellington Jazz Ensemble
Stetson University Jazz Ensemble
St. Francis Jazz Combo
St. Francis Middle School Jazz Band
Synergy Jazz Youth Combo
Temple High School Blues
Temple High School Highlighters
Texas Christian University Jazz Ensemble
Texas City Jazz Band
The New School Quartet
The New School Improv Ensemble
Tyler Junior College Jazz Ensemble 1
Tyler Junior College Jazz Ensemble 2
Thelma Yellin Big Band
The Urban School of San Francisco
Thurman White Academy Advanced Jazz Blue I
Thurman White Academy Advanced Jazz Blue II
Tonica Ensemble of Guadalajara
University of Dayton Jazz Ensemble
University of Lethbridge Jazz Ensemble
University of Miami FROST Jazz Sextet
University of Missouri Kansas City 11 O’Clock Big Band
University of Missouri Kansas City Concert Jazz Band
University of Nebraska Omaha Boptet
University of Nebraska Omaha Jazz Combo One
University of Nebraska Omaha Jazz Ensemble
University of North Carolina Pembroke Jazz Combo
University of North Florida Studio Ensemble
University of North Georgia Jazz Ensemble
University of North Texas Avenue C
University of North Texas Third Street
University of North Texas West End
University of the Cumberlands Jazz Combo
Waco High School Jazz Ensemble
Wakeland High School Jazz Ensemble 1
Webb City High School Jazz Ensemble
West Ranch High School Studio A Jazz Band
Western Michigan University Desolation Row
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Batterman Ensemble
Xander Davies Quartet


Ready to apply?

Read the above information, then click to apply!

Materials will not be accepted in any other form and/or after the deadline has passed.

JEN Membership is required to apply. 


Top to bottom: photos by Frances Scanlonphotos by Cherie Hanssonphotos by Rene Huemer